Top 10 Ways to Stay Mindful
1. Let Things Happen Without the Need to Control Them
In a world full of chaos, busy streets, and noisy moments it can be difficult to remember to go inward and find peace. Sometimes things just happen. There’s no way to foresee it, there’s no way to stop it, and there’s no way to turn back those mean hands of time. We may not be able to change something, but we can release the need to control the outcome and just let fate take the reins. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade? Or, Lemon Squares!
2. Stay In The Moment
All too often people have flashbacks of moments that we could have done differently. However, using a grounding method can help when that crazy “remember” monster comes to haunt you right before you’re about to fall asleep. Not only grounding methods, also affirmations work well when learning how to stay present. This moment, the here and now is what matters most. You can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future, all you can do is accept life as it is.
3. Be More Interested In What Triggered You Instead of Who
We’ve all had it happen. Someone does or says something that sends us flying into a trigger. We may not even realize that’s exactly what’s happening, however being more interested in what and why you’re triggered is more important than who triggered you. Understanding triggers can help in self-exploration. Self-exploration is a fundamental step in mindfulness. Some people keep trigger journals to help them overcome some of those monsters that sneak up. We all have trauma, we all have issues. The trick is to understand that it may not be someone else’s fault. Memory is weird like that. Memories can bring up feelings you didn’t even know you had. Learn instead of blame. It can change your life!
4. Live in Truth
Living in truth means to stay true to yourself as well as others. Stating, “I’m fine,” when you’re not; is not only lying to others, but yourself as well. It’s okay to ask for help or ask for a shoulder to sob on. Don’t compare your life to someone else’s. Their path is totally different from yours. You may see huge differences and levels of progress; however, that doesn’t mean you’re falling behind. Everyone falls into place at their own pace. Be you and be true. Living your ultimate truth can cause a sense of relief and be the reason you’re feeling so off. The truth isn’t always pretty, but it’s the best way to live.
5. Be Creative
Paint, write, sing, draw, be creative! Create something: a blog, a website design, or a meaningful masterpiece! Leave something beautiful behind that leaves a mark on this world! Or…maybe you just need to let off some steam, so you throw some paint angrily at a canvas. Whatever works best for you! Being creative (even if it’s not really your thing) can aid in helping you stay peaceful and mindful in this crazy place called Earth.
6. Don't Dwell on Mistakes
We all make mistakes, no one is perfect! The trick is not to dwell on those mistakes. Say you’ve had a horrible day at work, say you ruined that spreadsheet you’ve been working on for hours. Big mistake! Now, let’s say you’ve spent the time, fixed your mistake, and now you’re laying in bed stewing about how you shouldn’t have. Nothing is worse than midnight self-loathing thoughts. Relax! Everyone messes up from time to time. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Life is too short!
7. Let Go of the Fear of Feeling
Sometimes we go through life refusing to let ourselves feel. Time and time again, we avoid situations, people, places, things, to create distance between pain and our hearts. Let go of the idea that feeling isn’t worth it. It may hurt, it may feel amazing, it may only hurt after and only feel amazing for a moment. Life is about experiences, experience everything! Live life to the fullest! Don’t be afraid to get “the feels” every now and then!
8. Practice Compassion
Speaking of feeling, practicing compassion can be a great way to stay peaceful and mindful. Development of empathy is so important to this planet, and to us as human beings. If more people practiced compassion, so much could be accomplished! Imagine! We can’t save the world, but we can learn to care about our fellow man, animals, and the world around us. In doing so, we can help create a sense of inner peace.
9. Make Friends with the Unknown
First and most important step in learning how to get along with the unknown: be kind to yourself! Be aware that you may not know what’s going to happen, but life always seems to work itself out somehow. Think back on a time when your life was in shambles and remember that you got through that, so you’re going to get through this! Even if you’re not so sure what life has in store for you. Life is weird like that, it can change in an instant. Change is unavoidable. It’s inevitable! The best thing we can do is learn to roll with it. Stressing out over something that is out of your control, is just going to add more stress. The unknown isn’t always a bad thing!
10. Love Freely
Finally. Love. Love yourself, love others, love your pets, love your home, love your garden, and love your life! Sometimes we forget that love is the most important thing that everyone needs. Self-love is so important in staying mindful! Learning to self-love after years of self-loathing can be difficult. However, loving yourself starts with the idea that you deserve the best. Life is about giving and receiving love. Give yourself a hot bath! Give yourself some credit for your hard work! Give yourself a little break from the hustle and bustle of this chaotic world we all call home. Stay positive, stay peaceful, and stay mindful…
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